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news tonight, almost 400 people being seated right now for the first state dinner of the obama administration. we've got live pictures from inside the black tie event. >> of the state visits and dinners are a really important part of our nation's diplomacy. >> from heads of state to pop stars, we've got it all. >> i'm more excited than nervous because, i mean, it's not every day you get to visit the white house or get invited to the white house. >>> also tonight, the great credit card scam. americans swipe their cards 100,000 times a minute. have you ever read the fine print? tonight a former credit executive comes clean. >> the pricing was designed that it would require a degree of some sort to understand how many different ways i'm paying and what i'm paying. i mean, bottom of the credit card, nobody knows the real cost. >> on the eve of the holiday shopping season, is the industry making an end run around reform? and our series "genealogy: the search for answers." where you are and where you came from. >> there probably are a huge number of people in the united states who ar
obama is meeting with his war council in the situation room. it is a who's who of national security advisers. biden, clinton, gates and five generals all in attendance. the goal, to make a final decision on how many more american troops will be sent to fight in afghanistan. the white house says the president is taking his time, so that he can make the right decision for the country. >> i think the american people want the president to take the time to get this decision right. rather than to make a hasty decision. >> well, that's not enough to keep critics at bay. former vice president dick cheney taking the opportunity to take a swipe at the white house. >> the delay is not cost-free. it's not one of these deals where you can sit there and delay and delay and delay and think you'll make a better decision. every day that goes by raises doubts in the minds of our friends and allies in the region about what you're going to do, raises doubts in the minds of the troops. >> cheney and other critics may not have to wait long. the president is expected to announce his troop strategy as earl
goodness, i wonder how they snagged an invitation to the most exclusive dinner and the first of the obama administration. their names were not on the list. but it never occurred me, ever kurd to me that they actually crashed this party. >> fran, let me bring you into this. you've been to the white house. you've worked at the white house, you know what happens, what was your reaction? >> first, campbell, normally, what happens when you first come up to the first checkpoint, there's also a member of the social services office, typically, a young staffer with a clip board that has the name just in case such a thing happens. so if you get up there, and you're not up in the secret service system, and some dispute, they'll check. if you're not in the system and your name is not on the social secretary's list, you don't get in typically. so you have to wonder, this is a very large event. typically state dinners are held in the east room which holds somewhere in the neighborhood of 175 people for a seated dinner. this had over 300. i imagine the size of it and the chaos of everyone arriving at th
this week's state dinner as you can see here actually got to meet president obama in a receiving line. there is michaele salahi, her husband is just off to the side in that photograph as well. there are also new details tonight of the investigation into just how that couple was able to access the state dinner. white house correspondent dan lothian joining us live. >> reporter: we're getting a clearer picture about what happened on tuesday night. that uniformed secret service agent did check the list when the couple arrived. their names were not on the list. and so normally what would happen is they would not be allowed to come in or you would have to call someone else to find out if perhaps their names were on another list. but, in fact, this secret service uniformed agent allowed them to go in, thinking that they would be somehow screened again at another point. in fact, they were not and they went on to mingle with very high level dignitaries who were there including the vice president. and as you pointed out, we now know that they also met the president in the receiving line. there
that president obama had 60 votes in congress and i think it's fair to say there were never a hard 60 votes. we saw that with lincoln and nelson and mary landrieu. the centrists right now at least to me are the most powerful people in washington. >> before i bring dana in, i want to go to ed henry. think the tv sets are on at the white house or someone is watching this somewhere? >> they absolutely are and what's interesting is that when you talk to white house aides, what they love about tonight is the fact that they say that the republicans and there were people in the media pundits who were saying back in may when some of the first cost estimates coming out about the early legislation they were declaring this dead. go back to august, the sound and fury of the town hall meetings across the country, again, many people declared this effort is dead. then a couple of weeks back, could they get it through the house? there was a squeaker of a vote. you were covering that right up until the very last second and they got it through so her again -- >> okay, ed, we got to go back. >> any senators who w
, in recent interview that just came out, president obama talked about the pressure of his job. he said its starting to take its toll. take a look. >> i'm eating fine and i'm sleeping fine. my hair is getting gray. and it is the butt of a lot of jokes, for my wife, as well as my friends. you have a convergence of factors. made this -- not so much -- >> and that is "the match-up." tonight, some stories we're following for you. a plea deal in the case of a woman who faced up to 15 years behind bars for an incident that started with her cutting in line at a walmart. we're going to have a live report from outside the courtroom. we're also going to have this surveillance tape you're seeing right there and what happened in court. this exclusive report also on the radical preacher who seemed to have an influence on the suspected ft. hood killer. >>> al awlaki is still getting his message out. even though his website is down and he's in hiding from yemeni authority, dvd box sets of his teachings are still for sale, openly take a prominent place in book stores like this in london, keeping his radica
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